Biden Misses July 4 COVID Vaccination Target As New Polling Suggests Republicans Don’t Believe Government Has Been Truthful About Vaccine

More than half of Republicans say they won’t or don’t plan on getting vaccinated

Credit: Reuters / Andrew Kelly


As politically polarized Americans celebrate their nation’s Independence Day, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that they’re just about as divided about Covid-19 vaccinations as most everything else.

The poll, which was released on Sunday, found that 86% of Democrats have received at least one Covid-19 dose, while only 45% of Republicans have done so. A further 7% of Democrat respondents said they’re likely to be vaccinated against the virus, suggesting as many as 93% will eventually get the shots – but just 4% of unvaccinated GOP voters intend to be inoculated, so the Republican jab rate is tracking to top out at 49%.

Overall vaccine hesitancy is rising, which may help explain why President Joe Biden missed his goal of having 70% of US adults receive at least their first Covid-19 shot by July 4. Around 67% of American adults have taken at least one dose, meaning the Democrat president missed his goal by about eight million people, according to CDC data.

WaPo-ABC found that 29% of Americans said they aren’t likely to be vaccinated against Covid-19, up from 24% in April. Only 6% of Democrats fall into that category, while 47% of Republicans said they likely won’t be inoculated, including 38% who insisted that they definitely won’t be.

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